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SPIRIT CLOTHS

digital prints and traces on cotton, 70 x 110 cm each, 2019

In the cycle “Spir­it Cloths” mytho­log­i­cal­ly rel­e­vant places in Kyoto are inves­ti­gat­ed through the medi­um of paint­ing. The paint­ings are here­by con­ceived as record­ings of traces between the field and the archive, between then and now, between con­crete sites and imag­i­nary beings. Scans of yokai spir­it draw­ing rolls from the Edo peri­od found in the archive of the Inter­na­tion­al Research Cen­ter for Japan­ese Stud­ies (Nichi­bunken) in Kyoto are the basis there­fore. The scans do not show fig­u­ral depic­tions of ghosts, but con­cen­trate on the non­pic­to­ri­al mar­gins of the draw­ing rolls. Thus the mate­ri­al­i­ty of the traces, which have accu­mu­lat­ed on the draw­ing paper in the course of cen­turies, is empha­sized. The­se traces from the archive were sub­se­quent­ly print­ed on white cot­ton fab­ric (allud­ing to the pop­u­lar female ghosts’ dress­es) and exposed to the influ­ences of dif­fer­ent ghost­ly places in Kyoto for the dura­tion of one week. This way the imag­i­nary his­tor­i­cal image space and the con­crete con­tem­po­rary urban space coin­cide on the same medi­um of the cot­ton cloths.

SPIRIT CLOTH, Midoro-ga Pond I, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Midoro-ga Pond I, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Midoro-ga Pond II, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Midoro-ga Pond II, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Midoro-ga Pond III, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Midoro-ga Pond III, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Midoro-ga Pond IV, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Midoro-ga Pond IV, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Midoro-ga Pond V, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Midoro-ga Pond V, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Adashino I, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Adashino I, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Adashino II, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Adashino II, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Kiy­otaki-Tun­nel, Adashino, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Kiy­otaki-Tun­nel, Adashino, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, bam­boo grove next to Hon­sho­ji Tem­ple, Toribeno, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, bam­boo grove next to Hon­sho­ji Tem­ple, Toribeno, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, dump­ing ground next to Sano Shrine, Toribeno, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, dump­ing ground next to Sano Shrine, Toribeno, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Kazan­do-Tun­nel, Toribeno I, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Kazan­do-Tun­nel, Toribeno II, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Kazan­do-Tun­nel, Toribeno III, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Kazan­do-Tun­nel, Toribeno I-III, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Kazan­do-Tun­nel, Toribeno IV, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Kazan­do-Tun­nel, Toribeno IV, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Seikan­ji Utanoakaya­ma­cho ceme­tery, Toribeno, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Seikan­ji Utanoakaya­ma­cho ceme­tery, Toribeno, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Shiei Shimizuya­ma ceme­tery, Toribeno, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Shiei Shimizuya­ma ceme­tery, Toribeno, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Higashiku­jo Higashimat­suno­ki­cho, Kamo­gawa River, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Higashiku­jo Higashimat­suno­ki­cho, Kamo­gawa River, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Shin­sho Goku­raku­ji ceme­tery I, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Shin­sho Goku­raku­ji ceme­tery I, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Shin­sho Goku­raku­ji ceme­tery II, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Shin­sho Goku­raku­ji ceme­tery II, set­ting

SPIRIT CLOTH, Shin­sho Goku­raku­ji ceme­tery III, dig­i­tal print and traces on cot­ton

SPIRIT CLOTH, Shin­sho Goku­raku­ji ceme­tery III, set­ting

 

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